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Boy! What a Girl! (1947)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 7 April 1947 (USA)
A couple of theatrical producers try to get backing for their musical show.


Arthur H. Leonard

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Complete credited cast:
Tim Moore Tim Moore ... Bumpsie
Elwood Smith Elwood Smith ... Jim Walton
Duke Williams Duke Williams ... Harry Diggs
Alan Jackson Alan Jackson ... Mr. Cummings
Sheila Guyse ... Francine Cummings
Betti Mays Betti Mays ... Cristola Cummings
Sybil Lewis Sybil Lewis ... Mme. Deborah Martin
Warren Patterson Warren Patterson ... Donaldson (the landlord)
Slam Stewart Slam Stewart ... Slam (as Slam Stewart Trio)
Deek Watson Deek Watson ... Himself (as Deek Watson and the Brown Dots)
Sidney Catlett ... Himself (as Big Sid Catlett)
Ann Cornell ... Herself
Gene Krupa ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
International Jitterbugs International Jitterbugs ... Themselves (as Harlemaniacs)
Basil Spears Basil Spears


Two small-time (aspiring to be big-time) producers are trying to convince a Chicago businessman to finance half of their show, while the other half is to be financed by a mysterious Mme. Deborah. But when Madame Deborah is not on hand to meet the money-man from Chicago, an ex-prizefighter is dressed to pose as her. Music and dancing provided by Deek Watson and His Brown Dots, 'Big' Sid Catlett and his band, and Ann Cornell and the International Jitterbugs. Drummer Gene Krupa has a drumming cameo. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy | Musical








Release Date:

7 April 1947 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Herald Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Although he had minor roles in several films in the 1930s, this was the only starring role in a feature film for Tim Moore. See more »


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Words and Music by Walter Bishop
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Boy! What a Girl! should prove a fascinating find for fans of Tim "Kingfish" Moore
17 July 2008 | by tavmSee all my reviews

While Boy! What a Girl! is a silly race musical comedy from the late '40s, there's at least one noteworthy thing about it: It stars Tim Moore years before he became well known as George "Kingfish" Stevens on TV's "Amos 'n' Andy". This is his only film role playing a character since he had been a specialty act previously in maybe one or two movies. He's quite funny here in drag pretending to be Mme. Deborah Martin (really Sybil Lewis) in order to secure backing for a show whose co-backer, a Mr. Cummings (Alan Jackson), falls for the pretend Deborah. Also falling for him, er, her is landlord Donaldson (Warren Patterson). All three are a hoot to watch here. Mr. Jackson's daughters, Francine (Sheila Guyse) and Cristola (Betti Mays), are in love with the would-be producers, Jim Walton (Elwood Smith) and Harry Diggs (Duke Williams) and would only be allowed to marry them if the pretend Deborah approves. The real Deborah is watching the whole thing as well as several musical acts hoping to be incognito for a while. That's all I'll mention except that both the comedy and music segments keep the movie running at a breezy hour and 9 minutes. Among the entertaining song spots: Ms. Mays performing "Crazy riffin'", Slam Stewart singing with his trio "Oh Me, Oh My, Oh Gosh" (Slam's most famous composition is "Flat Foot Floogie" which was recently played in The English Patient), Deek Watson-who I previously watched in Abbott and Costello's Pardon My Sarong when he was one of The Ink Spots-doing "Just You Change Your Mind" and "Baby, You're the Cutest One" (His most famous composition is "(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons"), and drummer Sidney Catlett doing his thing before Gene Krupa-the only white cast member here-replaces him briefly. Anyone interested in a rare comedy find from the race movie era, Boy! What a Girl! is one worth looking for. P.S. In continuing to point out people associated with my birth state of Illinois, Mr. Moore was born in Rock Island, Mr. Catlett died in Chicago in 1951, and Mr. Krupa was born there in 1909.

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